Nelson end March unbeaten as title tilt continues

On target: Dan Mahoney, pictured in action for Lancaster City earlier this season, got the ball rolling with the first goal of seven against Leek CSOB on Saturday
On target: Dan Mahoney, pictured in action for Lancaster City earlier this season, got the ball rolling with the first goal of seven against Leek CSOB on Saturday

Relentless Nelson earned their 10th-successive win as they crushed Leek at Victoria Park on Saturday to stay in command of the title race.

The Blues welcomed back Dan Mahoney and Joe O’Neill, but a hamstring problem kept out Adnan Ahmed, while George Melling was suspended.

Play started in driving rain on a sodden pitch, and a poor clearance from Leek keeper Bradley Moorhead was seized on by Mahoney, but his pass to Peter Wright was too strong.

Liam Boswell raced into the area but overran the ball, but the Blues were soon back on the front foot against a side struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Mahoney struck a shot just wide, and Wright forced a fingertip save, and, as Nelson continued to force the pace, Matt O’Neill had a sight of goal, but his tame shot was comfortably saved by the keeper.

A fine five-man move then came to an end when Burnley loan man Charlie Holt was flagged off-side.

It was one-way traffic, and the elusive first goal came when a Wright cross was controlled by Boswell, and when his shot was charged down, Mahoney turned in the rebound.

The floodgates then opened as Holt doubled the lead with his first goal for the club, before Wright’s shot stuck in the mud and Joe O’Neill followed up to poke it home.

Then a free kick was floated in by Mahoney and Wright had the easy task of heading in, before a Lydon Hodgkiss cross was headed in by Joe O’Neill just before the break.

In the second half, Hodgkiss’ cross was met by Wright, but he screwed his effort wide.

Moorhead was producing heroics in the Leek goal, but he was well beaten when a fine move down the right enabled Boswell to notch a sixth.

He was then replaced by Ed O’Neill, who was soon in the action, drawing a full-length save from Moorhead.

Wright was then brought down and took the spot kick himself to make it 7-0.

Jonny Hession then replaced Matt O’Neill, before Moorhead denied Robert Grimes.

More saves followed from Hession and Mahoney, while Ed O’Neill, Jake Lloyd and Mahoney put efforts wide, and Wright struck the bar late on as Nelson finished comprehensive winners.

The Blues are without a game tomorrow, but end March with a 100% record from five games, coring 29 goals and conceding only three.

They lead the table by nine points from Formby.